Scrum Task board gadget

There as been a taskboard gadget for Google Wave for a long time that we talked about in the Wave calendars first day.  The idea with this gadget was to make it simple to promote ideas between users and make then able to manage the project.

On MasteringWave we have produced a new Taskboard gadget, created in flex where there is spend some more time on the interface to make it look wave-y. The gadget lets you assign users to tasks and view which tasks are unassigned.

I have created a small video demonstrating how the gadget works.

To get access to the link, join our newsletter on the right menu then you will get a link to the gadget. (I need to make some tweeks before I can send it out but it should happen within a few days).

The taskboard gadget fits very well with our other scrum gadget the Wave Planning poker gadget. Do you think there are any tools missing to create a better scrum experience.

WaveCalendar 21: Translatey

Translatey (translatey@appspot.com) is a robot that can translate your language to another. Its Based on Google-Translate API, That can do translation from/to 50+ languages. So now you can chat anyone using this robot even you cant understand any other language that are supported. Its really easy to use, Just add the robot in your wave and enter the language code of what translation do you want on what you are saying, To get the list of the language code just enter ‘/?’

This robot is useful in such way that you don’t need to research or look over the web when conversing and chatting. In most times, being able to use your own dialect makes one person more expressive. expressing oneself in its native dialect while chatting and allow this translator to translate it to a language that the audience understands is really a big help. One downside of this translator is the word-for-word translations that sometimes sounds wrong as oppose to its real meaning.

WaveCalendar 18: Scrumpoker

I really pleased with today’s calendar. I’m a fan of scrum as a way to make project much more agile. I have been experimenting with using Google Wave for organizing our scrum effort. Wave contains many of the elements which required organizing a scrum project. It has the option of creating all the content and collaboration.

One part there is missing is the ability to estimate each story. A tool used in for this is Planning Poker. Where each participant can select how many points they want to assign to the story. When everybody has selected their guess the guess is shared between participants, and they can figure out if all has the same idea of the difficulty of the plan.

I have recorded a small video of how the gadget works.

This tool is currently just in beta, and we want to improve it. The tool will only be for our subscribers, so please signup on our mailinglist to get access to the location of the file. We would sure like some feedback on what you think of the tool. So when you have signed up to our mailinglist and tried the tool out; drop a comment on this blog of your thoughts. I seen the like on Sunday, so signup now. There is a form for the mailing list on the right.

The gadget has been made in Adobe Flex, which makes it possible to make some better looking gadgets.

WaveCalender 11: Napkin

Napkin(http://code.google.com/p/napkin-wave-gadget/) by Marcin Szczepanski of webqem, is cool gadget that was written in Adobe Flex. It allows you to do quick sketches and collaborative doodling.  It provides a canvas on which we can write some sketch designed for small teams or some other people that who just want to play with it. It is good for short descriptive planning or a fun game.

I have just tried it and try to make it useful, i try to create a simple usecase to try its usability, Look at what ive got:

Simple Student Registration Usecase

It was pretty simple and easy to use. Everyone can edit the canvass at the same time.  One downside of this gadget is the lack of an erase function. It would be better if the author can add it on his next release.

WaveCalender 8: Treeify connecting your Waves

I have previous tried to look at the Treeify robot by Peter Svedberg. But I never made it work, so I could make a demo of it. Now I have pulled together the time to have a look at it. This robot was suggested by David Cook from The Shiny Wave. If you have other suggestions of Wave applications, we should have a look please create a comment.

The robot is able to make a tree structure of your documents. The robot consists of a form where the user can administrate the structure. You can create new nodes, which corresponds to new Waves. It is possible to update the name of a node. This is a bit more complex to implement, but it seems to work just fine.

The robot is created in Java, but seems to contain links to a gadget. I have not been able to figure out how the gadget works. It looks like a quite complex infrastructure to make it work.

I have created a video showing how the gadget works.

This video show cases how it is possible to create links between different Wave. Using this architecture it would be possible to create some rather complex structures of Waves. It would make sense if you where using Wave to create a book or something like it.